Illinois Public Radio http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-become-15th-state-legalize-same-sex-marriage <p><em>Will be updated further.</em></p><p><strong>Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:</strong></p><p>The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda&nbsp;Vinicky reports:</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:16:39 +0000 Kelsey Proud, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 31191 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Daley Drops Out Of Ill. Gov. Race http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/daley-drops-out-ill-gov-race <p>Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign says Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out.&nbsp; This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps.</p><p>"I'm committed to running for governor," Daley said in a recent campaign video. "There is no exploratory piece in this anymore."</p><p>But Monday night, Daley's campaign confirmed he's dropping out of the race.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:11:56 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 29965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Daley Drops Out Of Ill. Gov. Race Quinn Promotes Illinois Business In Japan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-promotes-illinois-business-japan <p>Governor Pat Quinn&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">departs today for the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, where he will speak with Japanese business leaders. The governor says he's confident he can drum up support for Illinois business, despite the relatively poor condition of Illinois' economy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The most recent numbers, from last month, say 9.2 percent of&nbsp;Illinoisans&nbsp;who are looking for work can’t find it. That’s the second-worst unemployment rate in the U.S., behind only Nevada.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:47:00 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 29712 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Promotes Illinois Business In Japan Quincy's Tracy Picked As Dillard's Ill. Gubernatorial Running Mate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quincys-tracy-picked-dillards-ill-gubernatorial-running-mate <p><em>Reporting from Tri-States Public Radio's Jason Parrott.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Kirk Dillard has selected a west-central Illinois lawmaker to join him on the ballot in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gops-dillard-officially-enters-ill-governors-race">his bid to be the state’s next Governor</a>.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:56:03 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 29604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quincy's Tracy Picked As Dillard's Ill. Gubernatorial Running Mate Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-signs-medicaid-expansion-law <p><em>Updated July 23 9:01 a.m. with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky</em></p><p>Illinois is beginning to implement the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; The Governor signed a major component of it into law Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Government backed health insurance is available to seniors; Medicare kicks in at age 65.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Medicaid's available to low-income children, and their parents.</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:14:50 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 28442 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law Ill. Law Requiring Doctors To Notify Parents Of Girls Before Abortions Will Now Be Enforced http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-law-requiring-doctors-notify-parents-girls-abortions-will-now-be-enforced <p><em>Updated 11:08 a.m., 12:42 p.m., 3:19 p.m. (with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey)</em></p><p>A lengthy legal battle over an abortion notification law appears to be ending, clearing the way for Illinois to begin enforcing a 1995 measure requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents before she undergoes the procedure.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:48:47 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 28144 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Law Requiring Doctors To Notify Parents Of Girls Before Abortions Will Now Be Enforced Ill. Gov. Quinn To Suspend Lawmakers' Pay Over Pension Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gov-quinn-suspend-lawmakers-pay-over-pension-crisis <p><i>Updated 11:55 a.m. with reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey.</i></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday used his veto power to eliminate salaries for Illinois legislators. Quinn says until lawmakers fix the state's pension problem, they shouldn't get paid.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Illinois' $100 billion unfunded pension liability Quinn has been setting deadlines for more than a year.</span></p><p>Until now, there haven't been any direct consequences for lawmakers when they've blown each of those deadlines.</p><p>Quinn changed that today in a big way.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:04:52 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 28106 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Gov. Quinn To Suspend Lawmakers' Pay Over Pension Crisis Illinois Becomes Last State In The Nation To Legalize Concealed Carrying Of Guns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-becomes-last-state-nation-legalize-concealed-carrying-guns <div><p><em>Updated 2:26 p.m. via Illinois Public Radio's Amanda&nbsp;Vinicky. Will be updated further.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois is now a state where concealed carry of weapons is legal. The Illinois Senate voted to override the veto of&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Quinn 41-17.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier story:</em></p><p>The Illinois House has rejected&nbsp;Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:55:23 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 28079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Becomes Last State In The Nation To Legalize Concealed Carrying Of Guns Quinn Changes Illinois Concealed Carry Legislation, But Not Without Controversy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-changes-illinois-concealed-carry-legislation-not-without-controversy <div><p><em>Updated 4;50 p.m. Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.</em></p><p>With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed the legislation Tuesday that would have authorized concealed carry.&nbsp;<br><br><em>(See full veto statement below)</em></p><p>The governor claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. The measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.</p><p><strong>About Public Safety?</strong></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:15:22 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 27895 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Changes Illinois Concealed Carry Legislation, But Not Without Controversy Ill. Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Facing Backlash http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-same-sex-marriage-sponsor-facing-backlash <p>The sponsor of same-sex marriage legislation is facing a backlash for not calling it for a vote before the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois General Assembly adjourned on Friday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Gay rights activists praised Rep. Greg Harris in 2011 for helping pass civil unions. Some of those same activists are now criticizing him.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:48:25 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 27001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Facing Backlash